Diet Pill Scams

Last updated April 13th 2016

Lurking in the diet pill industry are crafty products aiming solely to take money. This article will help you distinguish an honest product from a diet pill scam.

What is a Scam?

A scam is defined as being anything which is dishonest, such as a trick used by crafty individuals to swindle money from trusting consumers. This is exactly what the manufacturers of some diet pills do in a very successful way.

While many of these pills claim wonderful effects, these effects are sometimes not seen in weight loss results. If a diet pill fails to do what is says then it is worthless, and possibly even dangerous, as high concentrations of ingredients (both natural and unnatural) are being consumed to little or no effect. A company that feels comfortable stealing money from unsuspecting customers may not pay the closest attention to the safety of their product, regardless of its efficacy, and consumers should be aware of this. Many ‘scam’ diet pills contain illegal ingredients or those which have not been tested for safety in humans.

Signs of a Scam

Once you know how to spot a scam, they can easily be avoided as diet pill scams tend to have the same traits.


Sign 1. Free Trials

One of the biggest indicators of a diet pill is a scam is if the pill is being offered by the manufacturer for free. Manufacturers who have spent time and money developing their product should be confident in its value and seek reputability, by producing a steady sales record. If the supplement truly had value as a weight loss pill, there would be no reason to give it away for free.

Free trials can, on one hand, be falsely perceived as a sign of legitimacy. Some manufacturers may be confident that customers will want to buy the product after trying it, but more often than not, the pills are not worth the price they are being sold for, hence allowing manufacturers to give them away.

It is also possible that the trials offered are not actually as ‘free’ as enticing advertisements claim. Customers should always read the fine print when signing up to a trial, and shouldn’t give out any credit card details. More than likely there will be some additional charges, or you will have to agree to making further payments. These charges are unlikely to be obvious when signing up for any trials.

Sign 2. Fake News Websites

Another tactic commonly employed by these diet pill companies is the creation of a fake news website. There has been a recent clampdown on these sites, because consumers can quite easily take things at face value, and as such, have been influenced to purchase scam diet supplements by visiting these websites.

These websites mirror genuine news sites. They may use a television personality from another country, and make it look as if a real reporter is talking about the product, or use a popular and well-known individual (without their endorsement) to promote the product.


These fake news sites share many similarities. Usually, it is the headline, an example being, “Everybody will lose weight!” or “Lose weight permanently! Never diet again!” Headlines like these are too good to true, and just like anything that is too good to be true, it shouldn’t be taken seriously. As such, if ever you come across one of these websites, then it is likely a scam, and you should avoid purchasing a product from one.


Sign 3. Questionable Review Sites

Some deceptive review websites will simply rate the diet pills highest which pay them the most commission on sales. Rather than comparing and rating diet pills against verifiable criteria.


This means that unsuspecting and trusting customers will read the reviews on these sites, looking for genuine and honest information, but what they will find is heavily biased reviews in favour of the diet pill which pays the highest commission on sales.
Review sites should disclose if they are earning commission from the products they review, but the sad truth is that very few actually follow the rules.

Sign 4. Unverified Testimonials

The testimonials on these websites can be invented easily and put online with minimal effort. There are some checks a potential diet pill consumer can do, to see if the testimonials are manufactured. Firstly, see if the pictures used in the testimonial have come from stock photo websites, or have been used on multiple review websites. Another trick is to search the name of the individual in the testimonial (if it’s fake, the name will lead to multiple copied, fake testimonials). Lastly, it would be wise to check whether or not the videos on the site have been taken from video sharing sites. If the diet pill company is using the same images and videos as other sites but with different names or details, then this is a clear sign the testimonials are fake.

The false images however, are not always easy to find, and it is the reason why diet pill companies continue with the simple method. Whenever you are researching a diet pill, be cautious with its testimonials.

Sign 5. Too Many Scientific Terms

If you are looking for a weight loss solution and you find yourself on a diet pill website, which is full of scientific terms and complicated language, then there is a strong possibility the company is trying too hard to convince you that their product is something special.

The overuse of scientific language is used to blind and deceive the average consumer with unproven information. Therefore, it is much wiser to stick to sites that provide understandable and easy-to-read explanations and information. Never purchase a diet pill if you do not understand what it does or what it contains.

Sign 6. Shipping Charges For Free Trials

Diet pill companies, who are aware that their product is nothing more than a scam, will use any means possible to make money from their product before the scam is discovered. The free trial method is one which is used to lure individuals into giving up their credit or debit card information. Usually, these people think they are paying for shipping and delivery costs, but there is often an opportunity to steal consumers’ identity behind this façade.
Some scam products are advertised on reputable sites. The person seeing the advert, clicks on it, and is then taken to a landing page (for a disreputable seller), which states the product is ‘free’. The advert itself is worded in such a way that it would make you believe that you are only paying for shipping and delivery, or nothing at all.
You end up signing up for the free trial, and you give up your credit or debit card details. Once you do that, you are stuck, because while the trial is free, the fine print will state that if the agreement is not cancelled, more diet pills will be sent to you, and you will find yourself charged for countless products that you do not want. As such, it is best to never sign up to free trials or give your card details to these sites for any reason whatsoever.

Sign 7. No Money-Back-Guarantee

The vast majority of legitimate companies will offer a money-back guarantee if the consumer is not happy with the product. A massive red light occurs when a company doesn’t. If this company is already suspiciously looking like a scam company, then not offering a refund is a definite sign that they are partaking in a diet pill scam. If you have unfortunately been duped by a diet pill company, you may be able to get your money back by taking legal action against the company or referring the case to your bank.

Sign 8. No Contact Details

This is an indication that the product a company are trying to sell is fake or even harmful to the human body.
The lack of contact details for the company or its owners is a sign of a scam regardless of the industry, but it seems to be a common feature in the weight loss world. If there are no contact details, you will not be able get in touch with anyone if you are not satisfied with the product, or if you need to make a complaint about side effects, shipping etc.
Diet pill companies do this exactly because they want to remain anonymous. Therefore, it is hard to pursue any legal action should it be necessary. If a site does not show their complete contact details, it would be best not to purchase diet pills from them.


The prevalence of diet pill scams shows that consumers must be hyper-vigilant when making purchases on these products. The truth is that many tricks disreputable companies use are difficult to spot, and oftentimes the websites look legitimate.

This article may help those wishing to purchase diet pills, by alerting them to some of these tricks and helping them make more informed decisions as they try to realise their weight loss goals.